Turkish TV Channel Fires Presenter for Appearing on air With a Starbucks' Cup Featured

By Gamal Khattab December 26, 2023 4560


 The Turkish TV channel TGRT fired a news anchor and a director because a Starbucks coffee cup was seen on the news presenter's table. The channel said it was like an advertisement for Starbucks, and it upset the people of Gaza and Turkey.

Why Were They Fired?

The channel has rules that say news presenters can't indirectly advertise any company. Since the news anchor and director broke this rule, they were fired from their jobs.

Why Was It a Big Deal?

The Turkish people care a lot about the situation in Gaza, and they don't want anything that goes against their beliefs. The TV channel said they don't approve of the news anchor and director's behavior, so they had to let them go.

What Did the Channel Say?

The channel strongly condemned the behavior and promised to support the people of Gaza and Turkey. They want to make sure they respect their feelings and beliefs.

About the News Anchor

The news anchor's name is Meltem Gunay. She was born in Bursa and has been working for TGRT for 3 years. In 2017, she won an award for being the best morning program presenter.

Boycott Campaigns

After this incident, some people on social media started campaigns to boycott Starbucks. They were upset because Starbucks sued its employees' union for supporting Palestinians on social media.

About Starbucks

Starbucks is a famous American coffee chain with more than 35,000 branches in 86 countries. They have a lot of employees and make a lot of money. But recently, they faced losses because of boycotts and strikes.

Starbucks' Troubles

Starbucks lost around $11 billion because of the boycotts during the war in Gaza. They also had problems with their employees and weak sales. This caused their market value to go down a lot.

What's Next?

Starbucks is facing a lot of challenges right now. They need to fix their problems and make sure people still want to buy their coffee. It will be interesting to see what happens next.

Source: Agencies